Flesh & Buns Covent Garden

4.5
2865 reviews
£26 to £40
Japanese
Flesh & Buns Covent Garden, from the team behind Bone Daddies and Shackfuyu, is located within the bustling Seven Dials area in Covent Garden. Inspired by Japanese izakayas, roughly translated as a pub or place designed for informal eating and drinking, Flesh & Buns is the first restaurant in London to specialise in gua bao buns (DIY filled steamed buns).
Below street-level, the restaurant has a bar area offering bar dining for up to 10 people, serving a variety of sake brands and a diverse range of cocktails including the signature Frozen Yuzu Margarita, alongside the restaurant’s varied sharing food menu. Draped fabric ‘noren’ screen curtains surround intimate dining booths and transport diners to an authentic Japanese drinking den experience – bookable and ideal for groups of friends or colleagues meeting for lunch, dinner or Flesh & Buns’ ever-popular Sunday Brunch.

Experiences

  • Bottomless Sunday Brunch

    £39.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    FREE-FLOWING PROSECCO, RED WINE OR WHITE WINE INCLUDED SERVED TO THE TABLE Chips & Dips Edamame SMALL DISHES Korean Fried Wings Salmon avocado roll Chicken Yakitori California Roll Mix Seafood Ceviche Fried Squid Salmon Sashimi FLESH & BUNS (includes two buns per person) 1/2 Spatchcock Chicken Crispy Piglet belly Crispy Duck leg Portobello Mushrooms DESSERTS Chocolate Fondant Kinako Donuts
  • Dine Local: 9 courses tasting menu

    £40.00 per person

    Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2021

    Come celebrate Dine Local Festival in September at Flesh and Buns Covent garden. Enjoy our amazing tasting menu with 9 courses to share. Featuring lots of signature dishes including Korean fried wings, crispy piglet belly, and S'more. *Minimum 2 people, to be served to the entire table. Not suitable for Vegans. -Chips and Dips -Seared Tuna -Salmon & avocado roll -Korean fried wings -Grilled broccoli -Fried Squid -Crispy duck leg -Crispy piglet belly -S'more
  • London Restaurant Festival: 9 courses tasting menu

    £40.00 per person

    Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2021

    Come celebrate London Restaurant Festival in October at Flesh and Buns Covent garden. Enjoy our amazing tasting menu with 9 courses to share. Featuring lots of signature dishes including Korean fried wings, crispy piglet belly, and S'more. *Minimum 2 people, to be served to the entire table. Not suitable for Vegans. -Chips and Dips -Seared Tuna -Salmon & avocado roll -Korean fried wings -Grilled broccoli -Fried Squid -Crispy duck leg -Crispy piglet belly -S'more

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2865 People Are Saying
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Mickell
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommended Flesh & Buns, really good food! Good service and good vibes

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BritS20
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Good food, great vibes, the service was slow but the food more than made up for it. Highly recommend 9.5/10

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AdamS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal with friendly service and amazing food. The aubergine was the highlight. Great service from Emmy made the experience.

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Kazc
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, value for money and the tastiest food. Very attentive waitress able to point us in the right direction when deciding what to order . Will be back .

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JoanW
Brighton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was nice, the service struggled. Some drinks didn’t arrive in a timely fashion. Main courses came out when we hadn’t finished our starters. Our server did offer to take them back until we were finished . Table space was very tight given the size of the plates. It was quite difficult to hear one another.

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vipCornelius
London
49 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience1

A dark basement restaurant vibe. Food was ok but none of the main plates we hoped to have were available. A clear case of being short staffed as service was very patchy to put it politely but staff were warm. The Bao were good, the maki less so.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and service. Would definitely go again.

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SanaA
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the Korean fried chicken wings, the chicken & miso aubergine buns! They were all amazing! Definitely order the s'mores for dessert too :)

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ParminderR
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They considered our theatre time and got the food out quickly

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LauraB
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was just perfect Japanese food! Of course the price was a bit much but the portion sizes were great and the local area was super lovely! Though it was busy there was no delay in food and i’m just so ready to head back and get some more fried Japanese chicken and some of the lightest Bao buns 😍

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NathanC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice food ate before seeing a show with very quick service. However felt a little rushed.

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Patrickbre
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Although the restaurant is named flesh and bones there are only only 9 options on the whole menu

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vipAndrewH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Horrible lighting. It was like a surgery room.

MM
MandyM
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal, must be getting old because the music was a bit too loud to hear the waiters. The food was amazing and will definitely go back. Never had bao buns before and fell in love!

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SushiBoi
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food, good vibes, good service, weird toilet art.

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melbe
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful night at Flesh & Buns. The food was tasty and plentiful. The cocktails were unreal. Service impeccable. Thank you!

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KatieD
Manchester
6 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had an amazing experience at flesh and buns this weekend. We had the express menu and the starters were incredible (salmon and avo roll and THOSE Korean bbq wings. The buns were really good too as it was the first time I've had them. Would definitely recommend!

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LamarH
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

They ran out of half the menu including ALL DESSERTS. After main meal, no one came to offer more drinks or anything. Just left us. Food was tremendous though!

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Ceedan
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Sadly not a great experience. Quite a bit of the menu was not available, including the desserts which is why we had come.
The food we did order: squid was salty, duck leg was dry and the sauce with it was bitter.
Was very annoying as I’ve been several times, encouraged a friend who’s never been to come with me for dinner and ended up covering her bill just because it was so bad!

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Mahds
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A genuine find in Covent Garden, with great atmosphere, excellent food, friendly, efficient service and reasonable prices. Set up to be like a Japanese pub, it feels very authentic and has a nice atmosphere. Would definitely recommend and will return!

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PIPPAD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still thinking about the food!

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded 13 hours ago

Dear Guest, Thanks for leaving a review and for letting us know you really enjoyed your meal. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon! Many Thanks

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HollyB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the tasting menu we went early as it was a pre theatre meal. There was lots of food we couldn’t eat everything, a few plates substituted but everything was delicious. The yuzu margarita was amazing! Highly recommend would have happily stayed longer but had to rush. Staff lovely & helpful. Room is downstairs & quite dark but busy & welcoming

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AnnaD
London
16 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Loved our visit yesterday. A shame not all items were available but understandable given the pandemic situation!

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KatieI
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our visit to flesh & buns. The ambience was lovely and felt like a Japanese style speak easy. The food was amazing and the girl serving us was great and really went out of her way to find out what I could and couldn’t have due to my intolerances. We would definitely recommend!

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded 13 hours ago

Dear Guest, Thanks for your lovely review, we really appreciate it. We hope to see you again soon! Many Thanks,

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LesG
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food excellent service, can’t recommend enough

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JennyB
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went with 5 friends had a great Friday night with a couple of drinks, sharing starters then our own mains everyone enjoyed the food

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded 13 hours ago

Dear Guest, Thanks for your feedback, We hope to see you again soon! Many Thanks,

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Josh
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast service and nice staff. Starters and mains were nicely spaced out and a nice touch. Drinks were really good too!

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded 13 hours ago

Dear Guest, Thanks for your feedback We hope to see you again soon! Many Thanks,

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CorradoV
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and I would say very good value. Lots of choice and something for everyone. Drinks are reasonably priced.

Service was also very good.

Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the ambiance. Amazing!!!

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded 13 hours ago

Dear Guest, Thanks for your great review, We hope to see you again soon! Many Thanks,

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Woolyfrog
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a word Epic.
The food was melt in the mouth delicious and the hot sake stayed hot, I think I found a new favourite

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and very attentive service.

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EmilyC
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a lovely meal at flesh and buns, it was quite loud towards about 8pm, the table was quite small for the amount of food we got (4 people) and it came very quick so had to eat quickly to make some space, however food was very very good. Maki was amazing.
The birthday message was on the wrong dessert however and 2 drinks that were ordered were the wrong ones but this was fine it was rectified quickly. Overall I recommend flesh and buns! Xxx

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 20 August 2021

Dear Guest, Thanks for leaving a review and for letting us know you had such a wonderful time, I am sorry to read you had some negative aspects to your experience and I hope on your next visit you come away completely satisfied. I hope to welcome you back in the near future. Many Thanks.

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Benjamin
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and knowledgable staff with good variety of options on the menu. Really enjoyed our dinner.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 20 August 2021

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for leaving us such a lovely review, myself and the team are very happy to hear we met your expectations. We hope to see you soon. Kind Regards,

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HelenaC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The bao buns here are so delicious I seriously considered travelling back the day after to get more. And if you’re feeling fancy, order the s’mores for dessert. You will not be disappointed!

Will for sure be heading back for another occasion.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 20 August 2021

Dear Guest, Thanks for your lovely review! We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon! Many Thanks,

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elenih
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the tastiest restaurants i've ever had. All the dishes were excellent quality. A bit on the pricey side, but amazing food. Great service as well. Would 10/10 recommend

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 20 August 2021

Dear Guest Thank you for your lovely feedback. I'm so pleased to read that you've enjoyed your meal. I hope it wouldn't be long until you will visit us again. Kind Regards,

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Poppy
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really tasty, fantastic food. Lovely ambiance and good service. Only downside is that I am gluten free and there weren’t many gluten free options. They also didn’t have a gluten free menu and so it took the waitresses a while to mark up exactly what I could and couldn’t eat.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 20 August 2021

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time in sharing your review with us. We constantly work to update our menus and we'll be adding some extra gluten-free options in the future. We look forward to welcoming you on another occasion so we can manage to fully exceed your expectations. Kind Regards,

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Gabriela
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really wonderful experience! The food was amazing and was prepared pretty quickly, all the staff were very friendly and extremely attentive! Will be back soon! (:

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 20 August 2021

Dear Guest Thank you for your feedback. We hope to welcome you back soon. Kind Regards

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Tanya
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, plenty of it as part of bottomless brunch offer, good quality Prosecco , attentive service . What’s not to like ?!

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 20 August 2021

Dear Guest, Thanks for your fabulous feedback and letting us know that you experienced lovely brunch. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon! Kind Regards,

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MelechM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful service. I'll be coming back again.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 20 August 2021

Dear Guest Thank you for dining at Flesh and Buns. I hope it wouldn't be long until you will visit us again. Kind Regards,

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Lindsay
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Sunday brunch with friends and it was amazing! There is such a good selection of food to choose from and all tasted amazing. We got a lot of drinks also, some places can be really bad at refilling you but not here. Overall had a great experience and would recommend.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 20 August 2021

Dear Guest Thank you for your feedback. I hope it wouldn't be long until you will visit us again for brunch! Kind Regards

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FAQs

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden is rated 4.5 stars by 2865 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.